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Reefer Reality: Experts discuss burning questions about legalized cannabis

Thursday, September 13, 2018, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm EDT



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Moderators


Mihad Fahmy

Union Counsel

Jon Chapnick

Senior Advisor, Workplace Mental Health
University of British Columbia

Speakers


Twila Reid

Employer Counsel
Stewart McKelvey
Patrick Nugent

Union Counsel
Nugent Law Office
Dr. Nancy Carnide

Post-Doctoral Fellow
Institute for Work and Health

Issues

With cannabis legalization set to come into effect this summer, employers and unions are preparing to respond to the challenges posed by the increased availability and consumption of what was formerly an illicit substance. While workplace impairment is not a new issue, cannabis presents some unique difficulties that are not present with alcohol. For example, there is currently no medical consensus on the safe limits for cannabis consumption or an objective measurement of impairment. Therefore, while legalization is not a licence to attend work under the influence, it does pose a variety of challenges for employers and unions as they seek to ensure workplace safety without infringing on the rights of employees.

In this session, medical and legal experts will discuss the effects of cannabis, the challenges in assessing impairment, and common issues that arise in crafting workplace policies and rules. Issues to be addressed include:

  • Legal framework: What is the current legal framework regulating cannabis use? What other legislation aside from Bill C-45 regulates cannabis use?
  • Effects of cannabis use: How is cannabis normally ingested or consumed? How does it typically affect the body, both physically and psychologically? How long do these effects typically last? Can off-duty use impact on-duty performance? Is cannabis addictive or habit-forming?
  • Measuring impairment: Does consumption necessarily result in impairment? What are the symptoms of impairment? What are the challenges to determining whether a person is impaired? Is it possible for a layperson to reliably assess impairment? Are there any products currently available on the market that help in making this determination?
  • Crafting workplace policies: Are any changes required to existing workplace drug and alcohol policies? Are there any other common workplace policies that should also be reviewed? What elements should be included in a workplace policy dealing with cannabis use? In what circumstances, if any, can an employer adopt a zero-tolerance policy for use or possession?
  • Requiring disclosure: Can an employee be required to disclose off-duty recreational use of cannabis? What about off-duty medicinal use? Following the Supreme Court of Canada's decision in Stewart v. Elk Valley Coal Corporation, can an employee be required to disclose substance dependence prior to a work-related incident or else face dismissal without the benefit of accommodation?
  • Consumption in the workplace: Does legalization now mean that employees are entitled to consume cannabis in the workplace? Can employers prohibit use on their property or while attending offsite work events? Does the approach differ if dealing with medicinal use vs. recreational use?

Accreditation

HRPA Continuing Professional Development

This program has been approved for 1.5 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours under Section A3 of the Recertification Log of the Human Resource Professionals Association.


CPHR BC & YK Continuing Professional Development

This program has been approved by the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of British Columbia and Yukon (CPHR BC & YK) for 1.5 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours.


CPHR Alberta

CPD hours for this event can be logged online, through your CPHR Alberta member profile.


Lancaster House CPD
  • CPD for Members of the Law Society of Ontario: 1.5 Substantive Hours; 0 Professionalism Hours.
  • Each audio conference has been approved by the Law Society of British Columbia for 1.5 Continuing Professional Development hours.
  • Each audio conference has been approved by the Law Society of New Brunswick for 1.5 Continuing Professional Development hours.
  • Members of the Nova Scotia Barristers Society may count this program for 1.5 Continuing Professional Development hours.
  • Members of the Law Society of Saskatchewan should contact their Law Society regarding CPD approval.

Additional Information

MATERIALS
Valuable, up-to-date materials and case summaries will be available for downloading from our website. Each audio conference is accompanied by a PDF of concise summaries of the cases discussed.

REGISTRATION FEE
Live Session – $255, plus HST
Live Session for 2 or more (Boardroom fee) – $510, plus HST
Bundle Rate – Purchase a Live Session and receive the companion MP3 Recording for $155, plus HST
MP3 Recording – $255, plus HST
(Registrations must be paid in advance of the audio conference)
Contact us for discount pricing on the entire series.

AUDIO FILES
Audio conference MP3 files are available for $255. Those who have purchased the live audio conference may purchase the corresponding downloadable audio MP3 file for the discounted price of $155.

The recorded MP3 file and materials are available for download one business day after the live audio conference. After purchasing, you will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to access and download the audio conference MP3 file and materials by visiting My Account and selecting Order History. For audio file purchases for upcoming audio conferences, once the MP3 file is available through our site, registrants will receive an update e-mail informing them that the links are now ready.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION
When you register, you'll be given a toll-free number to dial at the time of the session and an access code to join the call. For additional program and registration information, call Lancaster House at (416) 977-6618.

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